Avoiding Threats Is the Best Self-Defense

By Emma Gabriel

From personal experience, I can tell you that attackers wielding an edged or pointed weapon harbor extreme, vicious intent. Anyone who is legitimately defending themselves must understand this and react appropriately: with clarity, speed, and violence of action. The alternative to fight or flight is becoming a victim. And we’re not victims here at KMSF.

Any incident with a weapon involved can turn deadly in an instant. But knives, blades, and stabbing weapons are another animal. These insidious objects are easy to conceal, can be used very quickly, are often legal to carry, and can be adapted from everyday objects just lying around. While those of us in special circumstances may need to confront such threats, most civilians are better off avoiding close quarter attacks, weapons, and threats, period.

Let’s be honest. If you were to get attacked with a sharp weapon, what could happen? The brutal reality is that you could be killed. To illustrate the ugly reality of such attacks, it’s important to know that you could also be maimed, disfigured, or otherwise severely injured. That could leave you–or a loved one–permanently and horribly disabled.

There are other consequences of getting in the wrong situation. Even if you survive an assault involving a heinous weapon, you could be changed in unexpected ways. Survivors of traumatic attacks can face stigma, legal problems, psychological injury, social isolation, and financial strain. Trauma is the last thing we want to expose ourselves to, so we have to be prepared.

Knife attacks are not uncommon as a form of assault in the U.S. or abroad. Even high-profile figures, like Brazil’s new Prime Minister, Jair Bolsonaro, or Gdańsk, Poland’s late mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, have recently suffered attacks on their lives from being stabbed. Bolsonaro was put in the hospital for life-threatening pneumonia, months after surviving the attack, for an infection caused by his injuries. Adomowicz, on the other hand, didn’t even realize he’d been stabbed at first, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Both men were attacked in a crowded environment, and despite having a security detail. This shows us that everyone is vulnerable.

There is good news, though. We regularly train to defend ourselves against edged and stabbing attacks in the upper levels at KMSF. Preparation is key. And on top of that, we have our Edged Weapon Defense seminar coming up on March 16th. Know the dangers. Know your mindset. Know how to avoid dangerous situations. Know that you can become harder to kill.